I was born in South Wales, Christmas Eve, 1851, . . . My mother was Rebecca Evans and my father was John Williams. Father was a traveling missionary for the Latter-day Saint Church. In March, 1862 we left Wales on a sailing vessel bound for America. We were seven weeks on the ocean. It was a very rough voyage. The ship lost a mast during a storm and then began to leak. The passengers had to help the crew work at the pumps day and night to keep from sinking. In our party besides my parents there were myself brother Daniel, and two sisters, Lizzie and Agnes and a young lady named Grace Gibbs who took care of my mother. My mother was so ill she had to be carried on board ship. My brother Daniel was ten years old. He fell down a hatchway on the ship and was killed.
In the company was a Dr. Rich, who was I believe, the father of the Doctors Rich in Ogden now. John M. Taylor and Miss Polly Jost were in the company too. . . . [p.93]
. . . Our ship went to New Orleans and then we took a river steamer up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to Omaha, Nebraska. At Florence we got our outfits and various families contributed towards a wagon or a yoke of cattle. We were in a big company, led by a Captain Duncan. . . . [p.94]
. . .When we were coming down into Utah I recall seeing the stump of a tree large enough to dance a cotillon on. . . . [p.95] [NO SALT LAKE CITY ARRIVAL DATE GIVEN]
BIB: Leatham, Mary Evans Williams, [Autobiographical Sketch],
"Utah Pioneer Biographies," vol. 18, pp. 93-95. (FHL)